Why Is A Mature Scar Required Prior To A Scar Revision Procedure?
A mature scar is a scar that has been present for at least six months. Studies have shown that the first six months after injury and skin repair is critical for wound healing. Most patients will see significant changes and improvements in the overall appearance of scarring during this time period. Dr. Givens will not perform any surgical procedures on a scar that has not reached full maturity (less than six months in age). In fact, she may even request that you wait an entire year prior to surgical intervention if her assessment shows that the current scar will continue to improve.
Are Non-surgical Treatments An Option While Awaiting Scar Maturity?
While awaiting scar maturity, there are several non-invasive treatments that can be considered including but not limited to serial steroid injection, silicone-based scar cream application, manual massage, avoidance of direct sun exposure, customized skin care, microneedling, PRP facial repair, exosome facial repair, and dermal filler injection. While many of these treatments can be used in combination, you should seek consultation with Dr. Givens first to determine which treatments are ideal for your body and when they should be performed.
Can I Remove A Scar Completely With A Scar Revision Procedure?
Dr. Givens has garnered a reputation for achieving results that surpass expectation. Her goal of a scar revision in Austin is to reduce scar visibility and improve functionality—NOT “make the scar invisible” or “remove the scar completely”. Patience is key during the healing period. And, Dr. Givens will remind you during each post-treatment visit that it takes every single day of an entire year for the height, width, and color of the scar to mature to its final resting state.